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EP 624 | AIRED 01/23/2023

Dungeness Crab Clusters Hot in Market Right Now, 2023 Dungeness Season Opening Update

Jan 23rd, 2023 - Dungeness Crab Clusters are very hot in the marketplace right now as Whole Dungeness does not seem to be available.

--- Latest pricing off our TradexLIVE Seafood Offers Portal show January 2022/December 2021 production Dungeness Clusters packed in 1x25lb boxes at $7.60/lb USD.

The lack in availability of new season Whole Dungeness is all-in due to obstacles and delays opening the Dungeness Fisheries from Washington to California.

A combination of on-going price negotiations, extreme winter weather, low Meat Fill, elevated levels of Domoic Acid, and Whale Entanglement Risk are all factors that delayed fishery openings resulting in lack of product in the marketplace.

Dungeness Crab

Take a look at this Map View of Commercial Dungeness Crab Openings along the West Coast.

Washington and Oregon plan to open statewide February 1st - however, in North Oregon (from Cape Falcon to Cape Arago) is technically open and our sources told us that Crab started coming into the docks last week.

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Last year both states brought in a combined 32.44 million pounds of Dungeness Crab.

California opened statewide on December 31st, 2022 and was responsible for bringing in just over 10.2 million pounds of Dungeness last year.

Dungeness Crab

In Canada, the British Columbia fishery is open year-round and harvested an estimated 20 million pounds last year.

According to Canadian trade data, Canada exported over 850,000 pounds of Dungeness in 2022, and 480,000 in 2021.

Dungeness Crab

Our recommendation is to secure any inventories of Clusters if you are in need of some for Lent.

Otherwise, connect with your Tradex Foods business rep to pencil you in for when Whole Dungeness becomes available.

Lent runs from Feb 22nd to April 6th, 2023.
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